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SHARING THE CHALLENGES OF A MILITARY DAD

Let’s face it — fatherhood has its challenges. The days of less responsibility, leaving the house on a whim, staying out late with friends and co-workers without finding a sitter, cooking for just yourself (and significant other, if applicable), and other small freedoms you took for granted, are over for a while. But perhaps the […]

MEMORIAL DAY TOOK SOME INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY TO COMMEMORATE HOLIDAY IN VETERANS HOMES DURING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

If necessity is, indeed, the mother of all invention, and desperate times require desperate measures, then add this new adage to the mix: COVID-19 demands innovation and imagination to maintain our traditions. Indeed, Zoom feeds replace crowded graduation ceremonies. Well-wishers now drive by to offer socially distanced birthday greetings to the recipient out on his […]

King’s impacts on the civil rights movement still alive nearly 52 years after his death

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 91 years old this past week. A man who preached peace and equality through non-violent protest, who received the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, and who spoke out forthrightly against the Vietnam War, died in a most violent way when he was shot by an assassin at the […]

USS Arkansas made her mark in World War II before becoming target in A-bomb testing

On January 14, 1911, the USS Arkansas was the largest U.S. battleship launched from the shipyards in Camden, N.J. The 26,000-ton Wyoming class battleship, commissioned in September 1912, went on to work with the British Brand Fleet before and throughout World War I. The Arkansas then served as a training ship for Naval Academy midshipmen, […]

Christmas in the trenches, foxholes, and other far-away places; CalVet’s veterans share their stories

Just five months after he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950, Joseph Sims found himself at Camp Gordon in Georgia, where he would train to become a radio operator. First, grunt work – along with a serious dose of reality about life in the military – beckoned. “They wouldn’t let us go home […]

They came, they formed, they marched once more to visit residents of Veterans Home of California-Barstow

BARSTOW – They arrived in buses. They formed columns. They marched. For 23 years, soldiers from Fort Irwin have made the 38-mile trip to visit and listen to the stories told by the veterans who live at the Veterans Home of California-Barstow. Their shared meal and experiences at the Home atop the hill drew a […]

National Guard, America’s oldest fighting force, celebrates 383rd birthday December 13

The U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps celebrated their respective 244th birthdays, 28 days apart, in October and November. The U.S. Army was born on June 14 of that same year, 1775. But no American fighting force can match the longevity of the National Guard, which turns 383 years old this week. “The National Guard […]

Army’s 23rd Long Walk to the Barstow Veterans Home carries on tradition that began in 1996

Administrator (acting) Larry Pangilinan will tell you that the residents of Veterans Homes of California-Barstow and the entire town of Barstow will never be safer and more secure than they will be on Thursday. Why? Hundreds of soldiers from Fort Irwin’s 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment – known as the “Blackhorse Regiment“ troopers – will converge […]

New CalVet deputy secretary for minority veterans affairs brings skills in triplicate

The California Department of Veterans Affairs hit a trifecta last month when Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Xóchitl Rodriguez Murillo to be the agency’s deputy secretary for minority veterans affairs. Murillo is a minority veteran and a U.S. Army reservist who is well-versed in the machinations of the military, having served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. She’s […]

EDD’s Veterans Day campaign showcases how employment services help veterans find jobs

Unemployment among California veterans dropped to 3.2 percent over the past two years – down 2.6 percentage points since August 2019 – according to the state Employment Development Department. And among the 735,700 employed veterans across California, 1 in 10 held a job in management, earning $138,000 annually compared to the statewide average of $60,485. […]